Culturally Competent Family Therapy: A General Model

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was restorying his life history and helping him restore simplicity by acquiring a less-confusing picture of his current family situation and of his mother's personality and way of life. This tactic worked. I filled him in with information about his mother's family of origin and the circumstances of her marriage. I helped him place the history of his family in the wider context of the current sociopolitical situation of the Muslim Arab community in Israel. I also told him about the changes his mother has been going through. I told Istiklal about this conversation, and both of them were ready to meet. In the meeting, both of them were reserved and kept a distance from each other. The conversation was mainly polite. But this was just the first meeting.

"The doll-play meeting between Fareeda and Yasmeen was also good. They fought playfully through the dolls and kept giggling. This session helped release the tension between them. After this session, Fareeda was much less hostile and defensive. Her attitude toward me became one of friendly respect."

Tenth discussion: termination. Saleema began the meeting with a declaration: "I think we are ready for termination. Istiklal has become a normal "modern Muslim" married woman in Madgd-El-Krum. People gradually are forgetting her past. She is appreciated as a constructive person in the community. She meets her children regularly, once a week. They come to her home and enjoy an afternoon with their mother, her new husband and her brother. Istiklal is now pregnant. The children look forward to meet their new half sibling."


SUMMARY

This chapter is devoted to the therapeutic process and its stages: First contact, diagnostic assessment, designing a strategy, carrying out the therapy and termination. The stages are illustrated by a detailed description of the case of Istiklal and her family.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Part I - Culture and Family Therapy: an Overview 1
  • 1 - The Necessity to Incorporate Culture into the Theory and Practice of Family Therapy 3
  • Summary 17
  • 2 - The General Model of Culturally Competent Family Therapy: a Brief Outline 19
  • Summary 30
  • Part II - Family-Cultural Concepts Relevant to Diagnosis and Treatment 33
  • 3 - The Family's Conceptualization of Its Environment 35
  • Summary 43
  • 4 - The Family's Cultural Identity 45
  • Summary 65
  • 5 - The Family's Functioning and Lifestyle 67
  • Summary 74
  • 6 - The Family's Coping with Problems and Difficulties 77
  • Summary 82
  • Part III - The Information-Processing Framework 83
  • 7 - The Family as an Information-Processing System 85
  • Summary 100
  • 8 - Culturally Determined Family Dysfunction 103
  • Summary 116
  • Part IV - Culturally Competent Family Diagnosis 119
  • 9 - Data-Collection Instruments and Procedures 121
  • Summary 130
  • 10 - Analysis of Diagnostic Data 131
  • Summary 150
  • Part V - Therapy 153
  • 11 - The Therapeutic Alliance in Culturally Competent Family Therapy 155
  • Summary 163
  • 12 - Planning the Therapy: Strategies, Tactics and Techniques 165
  • Summary 193
  • 13 - The Therapeutic Process 195
  • Summary 212
  • Epilogue 213
  • Appendix - A Classified List of References 215
  • References 229
  • Index 249
  • About the Author 255
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